The word “fail” occurs 70 times in the Bible. The infographic below identifies the points of each occurrence. This graphic presentation starts with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 40 most powerful Bible scriptures on failure.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
1 Corinthians 3:15
If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
2 Chronicles 26:5
He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
“You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, ‘You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off.'”
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.
“No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
“Saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’”
“Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts.
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.